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Review: 'Big Sur' A Beautifully, Anti-Romantic Look At The Beat Generation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2013 12:01 PM
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Whether audiences have wanted it or not, the Beat Generation has come storming back to the movies in the past year. Though focusing on different portions of their lives, both "On the Road" and "Kill Your Darlings" reveled in the freedom of jazz, the heady highs of drugs and the pursuit of pure experience this band of writers strove for. The films embraced the myth of its subjects, detailing the incidents, pains and pleasures that turned them into a force that would define an era. But what happens when those dreams of a transformed America don't pan out? What are you left with when the poetry on the page cannot overcome your own uncertainty? These are questions that face Jack Kerouac in Michael Polish's adaptation of "Big Sur," a film about the Beats that refuses nostalgia and easy answers, and is a much more fascinating, satisfying picture than its competition as a result.

Exclusive: Jack Kerouac Is Bored & Jaded In Clip & Poster For Beat Generation Drama 'Big Sur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 10:01 AM
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With last year's "On The Road," and the forthcoming "Kill Your Darlings," both films catch up with the Beats just as the fuse went off, showcasing the music and culture that turned them into generation shaping writers. But director Michael Polish takes a different approach with "Big Sur," one that promises to have a rather refreshing insight into the man who words continue to leap off the page.
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Watch: Trailer & New Pics For Latest Beat Generation Movie 'Big Sur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 12:50 PM
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Has the landrush to make movies based on the Beat Generation actually amount to anything? Last year, Walter Salles' star-laden "On The Road" barely made a dent, while the forthcoming "Kill Your Darlings" boasting an equally compelling ensemble — Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh — certainly can't do worse. But whether or not it takes off, enthusiasts of the Beats will keep having more movies to choose from as "Big Sur" is also the way.

Watch: Unexpectedly Beautiful Trailer For Michael Polish's Sundance Entry 'Big Sur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2013 10:15 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner, and for fans of the Beats who didn't get their fill with Walter Salles' "On The Road," two more movies are being unveiled at Park City that will be trying to capture their spirt. A bit more high profile is "Kill Your Darlings," with an all star cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more. But one flying under the radar is Michael Polish's "Big Sur," an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's famed book - and this trailer should bring it fresh attention.

Sundance '13: 'Before Midnight,' 'Stoker,' 'The East,' 'Lovelace,' 'jOBS' & More Premiere In Park City

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 4:20 PM
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Pack your bags, forget the sunscreen, bring an extra big coat. The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled their Premieres slate and it's a fantastic line up this year. New films from Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green, Michael Winterbottom, Drake Doremus, Zal Batmanglij, Jane Campion and more are headed to Park City in one helluva auteur driven selection this year. So let's take a quick peek.

First Pic Of Kevin Spacey In David Fincher's 'House Of Cards'; Andre 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In 'All Is By My Side' & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 29, 2012 11:40 AM
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Hope you rested your eyeballs over Memorial Day weekend, because a whole batch of new images have arrived giving you a peek at what's hitting the big and small screen in the next little while.

Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas & Jean-Marc Barr Head To 'Big Sur' For Michael Polish

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 5:39 AM
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Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty & Henry Thomas Round Out The CastCould the Beat Generation be experiencing a resurgence of mainstream interest? We'll have to wait and see but it certainly won't be for a lack of trying from Hollywood. Last year, James Franco starred in the underwhelming "Howl" centering on Allen Ginsberg and the famous trial around the poem. While that film fizzled, a much more star studded affair is around the corner with Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic "On The Road" starring Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga and Danny Morgan. And now, another famed Kerouac is getting the big screen treatment.

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